Sports News-January 30, 2014

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Oklahoma City won a statement game in the NBA last night.  The Thunder fell behind Miami 18-2, then roared back to blow away the two-time defending NBA champions on their home court, 112-95.  That's the ninth straight victory for the Thunder, who own the best record in West at 37-10.  For the twelfth straight game, Thunder superstar Kevin Durant scored at least 30 points.  He finished with 33 points, seven rebounds and five assists.  Serge Ibaka added 22 points.  Miami led 22-4, and then got outscored 87-53 in the next 2 1/2 quarters.  LeBron James scored 34 for the Heat, with Chris Bosh scoring 18 and Dwyane Wade adding 15.

Nick Johnson kept Arizona's perfect season going for another game.  He hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 51 seconds left and a pair of free throws with 5.8 seconds to go as the top-ranked Wildcats survived for a 60-57 victory over Stanford for their school-record 21st straight win.  Johnson finished with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists and T.J. McConnell added eleven points, eight rebounds and four assists for Arizona.  Arizona, Syracuse and Wichita State are the lone unbeaten teams remaining in Division I.

Rory McIlroy shot his lowest European Tour score in more than three years with a 9-under 63 today to take a three-shot clubhouse lead in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic.  McIlroy grabbed an eagle and seven birdies in ideal scoring conditions on the Majlis Course, easily upstaging playing partner Tiger Woods, who was five shots back after a 68.  It was McIlroy's best European Tour round since a 63 on the opening day of the UBS Hong Kong Open in November 2010.  McIlroy won his maiden European Tour title in Dubai in 2009.  Woods made four birdies on his front nine but finished with nine straight pars.  Defending champion Stephen Gallacher of Scotland, who played alongside McIlroy and Woods, was tied for second with three other players.

Wayne State is tied for fourth in the 2014 NSIC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll.  The Wildcats, tied with Winona State, return five position starters and four pitchers from last year's team that was 27-20 overall and finished sixth in the NSIC with an 18-12 league mark.  Minnesota State, last year's NCAA Division II national runner-up, was the unanimous choice to win the NSIC title this season.  Listed as Wayne State Players to Watch this season were senior first baseman CJ Nolen and sophomore pitcher Eric Browning.  The Wildcats are slated to open the 2014 season on February 22nd in Pittsburg, Kansas when the Wildcats face Minot State in a non-conference doubleheader starting at 1:00.

The Nebraska Coaches Association has announced the athletes and coaches for the 2014 NCA Softball and Volleyball All-Star games.  The coaches are selected by their coaching peers.  The athletes, graduating seniors, are selected by a committee of member coaches.  Athletes will be placed on specific teams in June.  The 31st Annual NCA All-Star Volleyball match will be played at Lincoln North Star High School on July 22.  Among the volleyball selections include Columbus Scotus' Payton Chohon, Columbus Lakeview's Liz Loseke, and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family's Ellie Geyer & coach Gary Bender.  The tenth Annual NCA All-Star Softball Doubleheader will be played at the University of Nebraska's Bowlin Stadium on July 23.  Among the softball selections include Norfolk High's Emma Kwapnioski & coach Chuck Hughes.  Also selected were Wayne's Jalyn Zeiss & Logan View/Scribner-Snyder's Katelyn Wobken.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Omaha NW (GBB-7:15); Boone Central/Newman Grove at Nfk Cath (GBB-8:00); Battle Creek at LHNE (GBB-7:45); Nfk High at Lincoln SW (G&B SW Dual-4:00); Archbishop Bergan at LHNE (WR Dual-6:30); Indiana at Nebraska (MBB-7:15); Nebraska-Omaha at Ft. Wayne Univ., IN (MBB-6:00); Ft. Wayne at Nebraska-Omaha (WBB-7:00).

This Evening:  The Crofton girls & boys basketball teams visit Pierce starting with the girls game at 6:15.  Pregame coverage at 5:55 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Friday Night:  The Norfolk High boys basketball team is at Omaha Northwest at approximately 7:15.  Pregame coverage at approximately 6:55 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Local Scores:  (3) Indian Hills CC, IA 124 NECC 115 (MBB); Nebraska 84 Michigan 51 (WBB).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Oklahoma  City    112    Miami                  95
      Final    Toronto                  98    Orlando              83
      Final    Philadelphia        95    Boston                94
      Final    Minnesota              88    New  Orleans      77
      Final    Phoenix                126    Milwaukee        117
      Final    Houston                117    Dallas              115
      Final    Charlotte            101    Denver                98
      Final    Chicago                  96    San  Antonio      86
      Final    Memphis                  99    Sacramento        89
      Final    L-A  Clippers      110    Washington      103
    
        Detroit    at    Atlanta    (7:30  p.m.,    postponed,    )
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    N-Y  Rangers      2    N-Y  Islanders      1
      Final    Edmonton            3    San  Jose                0
      Final    Chicago              5    Vancouver              2
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          (  1)  Arizona                      60              Stanford            57
      Final          (  2)  Syracuse                    67              Wake  Forest      57
      Final          (  6)  Kansas                        92    (16)  Iowa  St.            81
      Final                    Northwestern            65    (14)  Wisconsin          56
      Final          (19)  Saint  Louis              77              Richmond            57
      Final                    St.  Bonaventure      78    (21)  UMass                  65
      Final          (22)  Memphis                      69              UCF                      59
      Final  OT              Penn  St.                    71    (24)  Ohio  St.            70
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  9)  Baylor                    92              Texas  Tech      43
      Final    (11)  Oklahoma  St.        49              TCU                    48
      Final    (20)  West  Virginia      67    (23)  Iowa  St.          56

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